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Old November 26th, 2010, 01:31 AM   #181
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How does interurban trains work? it seems like they run through the streets like trams.
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Old November 26th, 2010, 01:54 AM   #183
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How does interurban trains work? it seems like they run through the streets like trams.
Interurbans were basically somewhat of a cross between trams and commuter rail and were used for long distances. They were pretty common early in the 20th century until the 1920's when cars pretty much took over.

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Old November 26th, 2010, 02:45 AM   #184
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Plans to extend the Orange Line from Midway to Ford City currently undergoing review.

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Old November 26th, 2010, 02:53 AM   #185
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How much is that expected to cost?
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Old November 26th, 2010, 03:02 AM   #186
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Could not find anything on the cost to just extend the Orange Line.

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CTA board OKs extending 'L' lines
August 12, 2009 6:54 PM | 84 Comments | UPDATED STORY
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The CTA board today approved the extension of three rail lines to remedy gaps in service in Chicago and the suburbs.

The plans were not uniformly embraced by the public, but CTA Chairman Carole Brown said it is still early in the planning process and no definite decisions have been made.

The move to expand the Orange, Red and Yellow/Skokie Swift lines--and select specific routes--culminates years of planning, although construction is likely years away.

Under the plans, the Red Line would be extended to 130th Street from its current terminus at 95th Street on the Dan Ryan Expressway.

The Red Line extension, some 40 years in the making, would use Union Pacific Railroad right of way. The new train service would improve mobility for low-income residents in communities under-served by mass transit on Chicago's South Side, as well as provide a new transit option for commuters from the southern suburbs who either drive downtown or drive to Metra stations.

Extending the Red Line--a project estimated to cost more than $1 billion--would also streamline bus-to-train connections for 12 CTA bus routes and four Pace bus routes, officials said. The project could also connect the Red Line with the South Shore commuter train and Metra's proposed SouthEast Service commuter rail, officials said.

In addition, the Orange Line would be expanded from Midway Airport to near the Ford City shopping center. The extension is intended to improve bus-to-train connections for numerous CTA and Pace bus routes along Cicero Avenue and other nearby parts of the Chicago area where there has been significant growth. Other goals include reducing traffic congestion at the Midway Airport Orange Line station and cutting down on the lengthy bus trips to access the Orange Line, officials said.

In the north suburbs, the Yellow Line would be extended several miles to near the Old Orchard shopping center in Skokie, from the current terminal on Dempster Street. The rail extension is also intended to improve public transportation, including express service, to hospitals and employment centers in the vicinity of Old Orchard Road, officials said.

After approval by the CTA board, the process for all three rail-extension projects would move to carrying out environmental-impact studies required for the projects to qualify for federal grants, and a push in Congress by the Illinois delegation to win funding.

For more information on CTA Board meetings, visit the agency's Web site.

-- Jon Hilkevitch
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Old November 26th, 2010, 04:07 AM   #187
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Over $1 billion? How can Chicago afford this? Even if they do raise taxes.
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Old November 26th, 2010, 05:07 AM   #188
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The interurban (called a radial railway in Canada) was the streetcar's country cousin. With a certain amount of irrational exuberance, investors at the turn of the 20th century embraced the new technology and extended lines between medium-sized cities all over the country, with stops every couple of miles through the farm country in-between. What they couldn't foresee in 1900 was Mr. Ford's Model T, which farm families would find a vastly preferable to go to town. Also, in some states, regulators set rates for regular "steam" railroads to be the same as the interurbans, so most intercity riders preferred the more comfortable and faster mainline trains to the swaying, slower interurbans. Some operations were pretty impressive, including the Indiana Rail Road, the Illinois Terminal's sleeper service between Peoria and St. Louis, and the Pacific Electric, which knit together the packing and market towns of Southern California. Nonetheless, most interurbans were in serious trouble by the mid-20s, and most closed during the Depression. A few, including three radiating from Chicago, survived through the 1950s as commuter rail operations for growing suburban areas. The South Shore is often called "America's Last Interurban."

Here's a map of Chicago-area interurbans.
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Old November 26th, 2010, 10:34 PM   #190
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Lake St Bridge


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Old November 26th, 2010, 10:41 PM   #191
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Van Buren / Wells Curve


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Old November 27th, 2010, 01:41 AM   #192
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List of current Metra station and parking projects.

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Metra Station and Parking Improvements

METRA ELECTRIC

•211th Street - Plans to replace the platforms and canopy have been let for bidding. Construction is expected to begin fall 2010.
•79th Street (Cheltenham) - Sidewalk ramp will be modified this summer 2010.
•Calumet - Station improvements includes construction of a new vendor space, a lower level waiting area and washroom facilities is nearly complete.

ROCK ISLAND

•119th Morgan Park - Reconstruction of platforms is expected to begin in the summer 2010.
•80th Avenue - Construction to provide a new station building, platforms and shelters is expected to begin in the summer 2010.
•Joliet - Construction of a new 45 space parking lot on Washington Street is expected to begin in the spring.
•Lovana S "Lou" Jones/Bronzeville Station - New station stop at 35th Street and Federal is scheduled for completion in the fall 2010.
•New Lenox - Platform extension project is nearing completion.

SOUTHWEST SERVICE

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•Aurora - Construction of platforms and station area improvements is nearly complete. The east parking lot and platforms are open for service.
•Belmont - Construction of the new bridge/grade separation is expected to start in the spring and be completed in 2012.
•Berwyn - Construction of parking deck to add more commuter spaces has been completed.
•Berwyn Harlem Ave – Construction to rebuild both platforms and to permanently remove the pedestrian crossing has been completed.
•Brookfield Hollywood – Installation of platform lighting has been completed.
•Cicero - Design plans to renovate the station, platforms, pedestrian tunnel and parking facility is nearing completion.
•Highlands – Renovation of platforms with new tactile and a pedestrian crosswalk is scheduled to begin later in 2010.
•LaGrange Stone Ave – Construction to replace both platforms is currently 45% complete and will resume in the spring. The Village of LaGrange is in the process of designing improvements to the station that will include renovation of the station, outbound shelter and sidewalks.
•LaVergne – Scope includes rebuilding the platforms, lights and shelter. Construction was completed at the end of 2009.
•Lisle – The Village of Lisle intends to install two elevators to allow better ADA access to the station. Construction is expected to begin in 2010.
•Naperville – Replacement of platforms with new precast concrete panels will be bid in March. Construction is expected to start this summer.

MILWAUKEE WEST

•Wood Dale - Construction of the station has been completed. Replacement of platforms lights is expected to begin in the spring.

UNION PACIFIC NORTH LINE

•North Line Bridges - Construction to replace eight bridges and the Ravenswood Station is expected to begin in the fall 2010. Bridges in the scope of this project include: Balmoral, Foster, Winnemac, Lawrence, Leland, Wilson, Sunnyside and Montrose.
•Winnetka – Construction to renovate the station facility will begin in the spring of 2010. This work will include restoration of the depot building, new platforms, six new stairs, new heated platform shelters, new pedestrian bridge and new elevators with enclosed vestibules.
•Winthrop Harbor – Construction of a new shelter and expansion of parking to provide 58 new spaces is nearly complete. Minor work remains and will be completed in the spring of 2010.

UNION PACIFIC WEST LINE

•Elburn - Construction to add 330 commuter parking spaces has been completed. The new spaces are now open for service.
•Maywood – Reconstruction of the south side platform will be completed in 2010.
•West Chicago – Construction to rebuild the platforms and to adjust the depot floor is expected to begin later this year.

UNION PACIFIC NORTHWEST LINE

•McHenry - Platform replacement has been completed.
•Pingree Road – Construction of the new 329 space parking lot was completed and opened for service on December 28, 2009.

MILWAUKEE NORTH

•Ingleside – Construction of 49 new parking spaces has been completed.
•Long Lake – Replacement of platform is expected to begin summer 2010.
•Round Lake – Construction to build 116 new parking spaces was completed in 2009. Reconstruction of platforms is expected to begin in the summer 2010.

Heritage Corridor

•Joliet - Construction to replace center platform and boarding islands is expected to begin May 2010.
•Lockport - Construction to rehabilitate and extend the existing platforms, add lighting and provide sidewalk access to 11th Street is scheduled to begin in the spring 2010.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 01:49 AM   #193
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Map of Metra's proposed Southeast Service which would link close to 20 communities in south Suburban Cook and Will counties.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 04:42 PM   #194
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i noticed, that the style of subway elevated removed mush light, with generate a large energy electric consumption.

i have one doubt, What is fare of the subway in chicago???

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Old November 27th, 2010, 06:51 PM   #195
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i noticed, that the style of subway elevated removed mush light, with generate a large energy electric consumption.

i have one doubt, What is fare of the subway in chicago???

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The subway fare is 2.25 USD with cash. With a farecard it's 2.00 USD for bus and 2.25 USD for rail

Yes, the elevated structure darkens the street (I think that's what you are saying), but we don't mind. :-D
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Old November 27th, 2010, 07:00 PM   #196
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Does anybody have any pics of the Morgan infill station construction? I know its kinda grasping at straws given this is really the only 'expansion' of the CTA going on right now, but it's better than nothing.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 08:14 PM   #197
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I didn't realize they started building it already! The CTA must be kicking themselves in the ass for tearing down the Halsted station.
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Old November 27th, 2010, 08:17 PM   #198
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I didn't realize they started building it already! The CTA must be kicking themselves in the ass for tearing down the Halsted station.
Yeah, the last time I rode the green line down that way, they had a slow zone through the construction and they had dug all the foundation work already. This was in mid october.

I'm worndering if they have any of superstructure up yet.
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Old November 28th, 2010, 01:14 AM   #199
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Old November 28th, 2010, 07:19 AM   #200
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Does anybody have any pics of the Morgan infill station construction? I know its kinda grasping at straws given this is really the only 'expansion' of the CTA going on right now, but it's better than nothing.
I posted a rendering of the station a while back on the first page.
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